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‘The Bold Type’s Aisha Dee Calls For More Diversity, Scrutinizes Ava Storyline Ahead of Season 4 Finale

THE BOLD TYPE - "The Truth Will Set You Free" - Jane isn't comfortable in her post-surgery body, but a visit from her dad may change her outlook. Sutton and Richard make plans for the future. Kat tries to move forward at work with a podcast, but her first episode comes with a price. This episode of "The Bold Type" airs Thursday, July 2, at 10:00p.m. ET/PT on Freeform. (Freeform/Jonathan Wenk) AISHA DEE

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Ahead of tonight’s season finale of The Bold Type, Aisha Dee is calling out the series for lack of diversity. Additionally, she’s coming after an on-screen relationship that many fans are probably hoping to forget all about. 

Dee not only stood up for her character, Kat Edison, whose character development and storylines suffered in the latter half of the season, but for all the girls and women who look like her. 

In an open letter posted to Instagram, Dee said she was inspired by her own courageous, unapologetic, and outspoken character. 

“What would Kat do? She would take a stand and advocate for herself and all other marginalized voices to influence change,” Dee wrote. “I am ready to push harder and speak louder for what matters to me: The diversity we see in front of the camera needs to be reflected in the diversity of the creative team behind the camera.”

The actress said that during the show’s four-season run, the series had one Black woman that directed, adding,  it took “three seasons to get someone in the hair department who knew how to work with textured hair.” She added that it took “two seasons to get a BIPOC” in the writers’ room. And throughout the Kat and Adena torrid love story, no one in the writer’s room was a queer Black or Muslim woman.

Dee also expressed her frustrations with the “confusing” and “out of character” storyline of the season that found Kat falling for Ava, a conservative whose father supported gay conversion therapy. 

Fans have been vocal about how much they dislike the storyline and even protested it on social media, and Dee didn’t hold back when she explained she felt exactly the same way. 

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“It was heartbreaking to watch Kat’s story turn into a redemption story for someone else, someone who is complicit in the oppression of so many. Someone whose politics are actively harmful to her communities,” she wrote. 

She summed it up by saying that her words were coming from a place of love and care: “The Bold Type has done so much good, but it struggles to understand the intersections many of its characters live in,” she wrote. “For a show that frequently uses words like intersectionality, inclusion, discourse, and the various isms, I wonder how its stories may have been elevated had they been told through the lens of people with more varied lived experience.”

“By speaking out, I’m taking a risk,” she concluded. “It’s scary, but it’s worth it. This is not judgment. This is a call to action. We deserve to see stories that are for us, by us.”

Sounds like something our girl Kat would say! 

We’ve seen Kat’s fearlessness pay off on screen, and it’s heartwarming to know that it carries over into reality. Shortly after Dee posted her letter — and got the support of her two on-screen and real-life besties Katie Stevens (Jane) and Meghann Fahy (Sutton) — Freeform and Universal TV responded in a joint statement acknowledging the issues she raised. 

“We applaud Aisha for raising her hand and starting conversations around these important issues. We look forward to continuing that dialogue and enacting positive change,” the statement said. “Our goal on The Bold Type is and has always been to tell entertaining, authentic stories that are representative of the world that Kat, Jane and Sutton live in — we can only do that if we listen,” it added. 

Let’s hope that come season 5, the series will nix that terrible love story and give Kat a worthy romance that embraces her as queer Black woman. 


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Many People Prefer to Watch TV with their Dogs Instead of their Family, a New Study Finds

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Many People Prefer to Watch TV with their Dogs Instead of their Family, a New Study Finds

Watching a show without your dog can be “ruff.”

A new report by Rover.com found that as Americans increased their TV and streaming habits amid the pandemic, they have done so with a furry friend by their side. 

Per the report, 57% of dog parents admitted to waiting for their dog to get into the room before watching a show. 

Now, that isn’t entirely surprising because if you are a dog owner, you know dogs are great watching buddies… unless you have a dog like mine who barks at any animal on the screen. That makes things a bit more difficult, but still proves that he’s attentive! 

The report found that 78% of Americans said they watch TV with their dogs very often or always. 

Surprisingly, dogs were ranked #1 when asked who people prefer to chill out and watch TV with, with 40% of parents saying they’d choose their dog over a partner, friends, or even kids. And that’s because a majority of pet parents believe their pups are actively watching or reacting to what’s happening on the screen. (See my point above about my dog barking at animals on the screen!) 

To make the binge-watching experience that much better for their pets, 70% have admitted to accommodating their pup by allowing them on the couch, giving them blankets, and even moving over so the dog is comfortable. 

60% of pet parents even believe their dog has a favorite TV show, which would explain why 80% of dog parents admit to leaving their TV on for dogs when they’re not home. 

The most popular genres? Comedy and action, which makes sense – after a long day of lounging and taking walks, Fido needs a good laugh or to get invested in a dramatic car chase! 

During such uncertain times, there’s definitely comfort in knowing that you always have a TV buddy by your side! 

And let’s be honest… is there anything your dog isn’t doing with you these days?


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Netflix Renews Spanish Drama ‘Elite’ for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members

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Netflix Renews Spanish Drama 'Elite' for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members

We’ve got some elite news!

Spanish drama Elite has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix!

The news isn’t all that shocking considering the drama, set in the ritzy private school of Las Encinas in Spain, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals. 

Not only is the cast incredible, the first few seasons were hinged around an intoxicating murder mystery and plenty of steamy love scenes. 

The renewal comes ahead of the fourth season, which currently doesn’t have a premiere date. In 2020, filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and an outbreak on set.

It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021. 

The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up. 

Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.

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WATCH: ‘The Handmaids Tale’ Reveals Season 4 Trailer and Premiere Date

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“We don’t hide. We fight,” Elizabeth Moss’ June states in the new teaser trailer for the upcoming fourth season of The Handmaids Tale.

Her statement sets the tone for the new season of the dystopian series.

In the first scene, we see June walking an empty street in normal clothing, a fear departure from the handmaid’s red dress and white bonnet uniform. 

Flashbacks reveal she escaped Gilead with members of the resistance as a war is brewing. 

Hulu’s recently-released trailer also reveals a premiere date, so mark April 28 in your calendars.

Much like previous seasons, the season will return will drop three peisodes at once followed by a weekly rollout. 

Check out the trailer below and get ready: 

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